Two Drown in Lexington Reservoir Near Los Gatos

Four people were in a canoe when it capsized

Monday, May 6, 2013  |  Updated 2:08 PM PDT
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Two Drown in Lexington Reservoir Near Los Gatos

Lexington Reservoir sits next to Highway 17 just south of Los Gatos.

Two people are confirmed dead after a canoe carrying four people capsized in a reservoir near Los Gatos this afternoon, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office was contacted just after 1 p.m. today on a report of a capsized boat at the Lexington Reservoir, according to Deputy Kurtis Stenderup.

Two people who were in the boat, a 16-year-old girl and a 25-year-old male, were able to get back to shore, Stenderup said. The teen attends Monta Vista Christian School in Santa Cruz, where school administrators said the community was grieving for the family.

Another person, a 35-year-old male, was found in the water within about an hour after deputies arrived, and declared dead after being  transported to an area hospital.

A fourth person, a 30-year-old male, was recovered from the water around 5 p.m. He was also taken to the hospital and declared dead there,  Stenderup said.

No foul play is suspected but the cause of the accident remains under investigation. Stenderup said investigators will consider whether windy  weather at the reservoir was a factor.

None of the people in the canoe were wearing life vests, Stenderup said.

All four people were from the same family, and are "very distraught," Stenderup said.
   

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